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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cabbage Soup Diet, Not An Easy Fix


"Lose weight FAST!"
"10 Lbs in a single week!"

It may be the pastry chef inside of me being engulfed in guilt for making people gain weight, but I feel like sharing with you a very good soup which is surrounded with controversy. However or what ever they say about this this soup, the history of the cabbage certainly did not start by being part of a dieting hoax, nor will it end here. Let's see how it all came to being caught in a weight loss "scam".

The cabbage in itself has been found in cultures around the world, and is believed to be the oldest known vegetables. From being found in clay pots dating back to 4000 B.C. in the Chinese civilizations, to having sprung itself out of Greek myths, this is truly a remarkable piece of our history. In Rome, Cato ate cabbage raw with vinegar and lived to be 80, while Pliny researched the benefits of cabbage and looked at its medical properties.

Whether it was boiled with meat in the Medieval times or made into a salad by the Dutch, someone out there found out that it held a secret to shredding pounds off your body. Let's get to the science behind it. Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin C, fiber, iron, potassium and calcium. But be careful, for eating too much of it will only result in spending long days on the "throne" and having glossy hair; mostly due to the sulphur content found in the cabbage and its high levels of fiber. The "Sulforaphane" (sulphur) MAY increase antioxidants and enzymes in your body that help detoxify your system. These lastly mentioned claims are only speculations, but it would seem that the cabbage has proved itself time and time again over many thousands years, in many many civilizations.

Next time your at the hot dog stand, make sure to have some sauerkraut in your finxings, it may just help out your body in more ways then you know! But for now, here's a potentially dangerous and bland recipe that could possibly make you lose 10 lbs in a week.

***CAUTION***
This diet is to be followed with at least 4 glasses of water a day and multivitamin and ONLY for 7 days. If you are feeling light headed or weak, you may want to start eating regularly again. This is NOT a dietary fix and should be followed by a more stable and regular diet if one wishes to keep the weight off.

Cabage Soup Recipe

- 6 large green onions

- 2 green peppers

- 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)

- 3 carrots

- 1 container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms

- 1 bunch celery

- 1/2 head cabbage

- 1 package Lipton soup mix

- 1 or 2 cubes bouillon (optional)

- 1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)

Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder, etc.

Directions:

1. Slice green onions, put in pot and start to sauté with cooking spray.

2.Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take seeds and membrane out. Cut the green pepper into bite size pieces and put in pot.

3. Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, put in pot.

4. Clean carrots cut into bite size pieces, put in pot.

5. Slice mushrooms into thick slices (otherwise they will disappear in the soup), put in pot.

6. If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of cayenne pepper (red pepper) now (1/3 teaspoon is quite a bit as the soup will get spicier as it cooks further).

7. You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. They have all the salt and flavors you will need.

8. Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup cook for a long time (two hours works well).

9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

10. Eat all the soup you want, whenever you want for the next 7 days.



For more information about this recipe or the diet please follow this link.

http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com/


I have used this recipe before once or twice and found that its results are quite real, but found the soup itself very bland. To help liven up this recipe you may want to add once or more of the following ingredients; Thyme, Garlic Powder, any type of Hot Sauce, Italian seasoning, Cumin, Paprika. Basically, anything to give it flavor. Here is a link to find more recipes to use cabbage in and some helpful tips on how to use and conserve it; http://www.cheriestihler.com/CC/recipes.html .

Another mystery uncovered and maybe this time, for you to benefit!

Eat well, sleep well and till tomorrow!

Astérix

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